Leucadia Donut Shoppe: Interview with Tom Cheu


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What is the name of your/ the business and social media handle? “Leucadia Donut Shoppe.” – https://www.facebook.com/LeucadiaDonuts/

How did the name come about and how long have you been here? “Haha, there are too many Tom’s out there, so we went with the community we love and Leucadia Donut Shoppe was born. We’ve been in business now for 30 years.”

What is your role at the company? “It is a family run business, my wife Emily and I are the primary employees and owners. We start making donuts at 1am and close around 12:30pm on most days.”

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How did you get started? “I was helping a friend with the shop, as I needed extra money, and my friend eventually decided to leave. I thought, okay, this will last a year or two…seems to have lasted a bit longer.”

What is your favorite thing about the business? “We LOVE the people of Leucadia! Kids get the biggest smile on their face when they see the sprinkled donuts, that’s the best feeling! The surfers and business people, they all have a smile on their faces.”
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What’s the best part about being in Leucadia? “The proximity to the beach, the culture, how friendly everyone is. To me, Leucadia is just a special place with special people.”

How do you feel your business reflects/ fits in the community? “I think we’re the only donut shoppe in Leucadia, so without us, I think people would be sad…”

Do you know about BLOC and what we’re about? “Yes, I was excited to see local ‘kids’ that came in when they were younger now owning a business next to mine. I think it’s great!”

Knowing more about us, is there a way for us to collaborate/ work together? “Just keep bringing people over!”

Do you have anything exciting coming up in the future? “We just stick to what we do best, simple and delicious donuts. Nothing fancy, nothing trendy, just good quality donuts.”

Did you always see yourself doing something like this? “No, I started this to make extra money while I was in school… 30  years later I’m still making people happy.”

What was your very first or most memorable job? “I would say this is my first and only job. Pretty rare nowadays.”

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